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Obituary: Wendell Schofield West

Feb. 12, 1930 -- April 29, 2019

Wendell Schofield West, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born Feb. 12, 1930, to Fred and Winifred (Schofield) West in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wendell learned early the value of both thrift and hard work. The oldest of five children, he prized the opportunities gained by a good education, graduating from the University of Utah in accounting.

After proudly serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, Wendell served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brazil. He moved to Los Angeles to work for the Internal Revenue Service, where he met and married his wife, Shirley Dixon, in 1961.

Wendell moved his family to Wasco in 1963 to partner with his father's accounting firm. He continued to work out of the same office until his retirement in 2017.

Wendell enjoyed meeting with clients and helping local businesses. A lifelong lover of reading, he continually educated himself on religion, health, finance and the news of the day.

Wendell's formative years taught him to avoid waste of any kind, and he was a firm believer in reusing and recycling. Wendell and Shirley raised their seven children to value education and thrift and to always save for a rainy day

Wendell was kind, generous, and loved his family. He had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his family finds comfort in the knowledge that they will see him again.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; seven children; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held May 11, 2019, in Idaho. Donations can be made in Wendell's name to the Wasco Community Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 7, Wasco 93280. An online guestbook is available at


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